And we will see you later today.
Garretson weathered a three-hour rain delay and knocked off perennial power Canova 5-0 on Sunday morning during the Class B state amateur baseball tournament semifinals at Cadwell Park.
The Blue Jays will play Alexandria at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Class B state championship game.
On Saturday, Garretson and Canova started at 8:17 p.m., but Cadwell Park was doused with a shot of rain and it forced a nearly three-hour weather delay. The semifinal game finished at 1:06 a.m. Sunday morning.
“That’s Mother Nature in South Dakota,” Canova manager Dave Gassman said. “You just put up with it.”
Elk Point pick-up player Derek Quame earned the win for Garretson. He scattered nine hits, struck out five batters and gave up zero runs in 114 pitches.
“Canova they can rake the ball,” Quame said. “We played really good ‘D’ and turned some double plays when we needed to and just fortunate I threw strikes.”
After the delay, the game resumed in the second inning and Garretson immediately seized the momentum.
“We had to get on top right away,” Garretson co-manager Aaron VanDeBerg said. “We scored two right away in the top of the second. So that was big for us.”
The Gang committed two straight errors, which led to back-to-back sacrifice flies by Austin VanHove and Brady Bonte for a 2-0 advantage.
“We came back after the break there and had two quick errors and we just never recovered from it,” Gassman said.
The Gang almost got a run back in the third inning. Trey Krier singled to right field and Tim Gassman sprinted home from second base, but was gunned down after right fielder Brad Ulmer threw to Bonte on a bang-bang play at home plate.
“We had a chance there where we might have scored and we get thrown out at home,” Dave Gassman said.
In the fifth inning, Nick Bruning and Ulmer drove in runs. Garretson added another run in the sixth inning when Canova center fielder Derek Miller had a fielding error, which scored Dustin Steckler from third base.
Miller started for Canova and lasted 4.1 innings. He allowed five hits, four runs (two earned) and struck out two batters. Justin Miller came on in relief and pitched 4.2 innings. He struck out five batters, gave up two hits and one run.
Jared Miller led Canova with three hits. Canova finishes the season with a 25-4 record, which included an 18-0 mark in the Cornbelt League.
“I think it’s one of the greatest seasons Canova has ever had,” Dave Gassman said.
Garretson’s season continues Sunday afternoon against a familiar face. The Blue Jays lost to the Angels in the 2016 state championship.
“We played them three years ago in the state championship here in Mitchell,” VanDeBerg said. “Hopefully we can revenge ourselves and be ready for that one.”